Thank you, volunteer voter registrars!

Have you seen your friendly, neighborhood voter registrars around the Y lately? Members and staff such as Brock and Jane have been volunteering to help you get registered. Thank you, volunteer registrars!

Tuesday, Oct. 9, was the last day to register to vote in Texas to be eligible to vote in the November midterm elections. You can check your registration status and register to vote by clicking here. Even if it’s too late to register for the midterms, you can still register and vote in future elections. 

You are eligible to register to vote if:

·         You are a United States citizen;

·         You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;

·         You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.

·         You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and

·         You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Talk of voting brings us to one of the YMCA’s key areas of work: Social Responsibility. Our Youth and Government program is a highlight of YMCA Social Responsibility, where we affirm that, ”democracy must be learned by each generation.” Youth & Government is a statewide civic education and leadership program in which schools, civic organizations and Ys involve kids in hands-on learning experiences. It allows middle and high school students to experience the excitement of our state government in action. Students meet regularly as a club during the fall semester. Each club consists of participating students and an adult sponsor (usually a teacher) and is guided by YMCA staff and volunteers. Students participate in one of four areas: legislative, judicial, media, or state affairs forum.

In November, clubs compete at District Conference, and the top individuals and teams advance to the State Conference in January. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Youth & Government District Conference, Saturday, Nov. 10, at Hays High School. To help out, please call 512-236-9622 or click here for more information.

 

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